KREMMLING – Authorization has been given to establish the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park at the Pumphouse Recreation Site on the upper Colorado River.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gave the authorization on Aug. 15.
Grand County submitted a right-of-way application to build engineer-designed boulder and block features across the full width of the river upstream of the Pumphouse boat launch 2.
Grand County was recently awarded historic water rights for constructing this waterpark.
The engineer-designed boulders and block-like concrete objects would be placed across the stream channel. The objects would not be visible at normal flows and would allow for fish passage at all flow rates.
Construction is scheduled to begin in November.
“The project will provide a unique recreational experience for the 60,000-70,000 people that visit the area each year,” said BLM Kremmling Field Manager Stephanie Odell. “It will also provide permanent protection for water flows supporting fishing and recreational floatboating.”
The Decision Record, Finding of No Significant Impact and Environmental Assessment are available on-line at www.blm.gov/co/kfo.